We want to replace the tombstones of Jacob and Magdalena Dreisbach. They died so long ago that there is nobody left to care for their graves, except us, the members of the DDFA.
Johann Jacob Dreisbach born 7 Dec.1750 in Krombach, Siegerland, Germany, died in 1804 in Union County, PA. He married Maria Magdalena Buchs born 15 Mar.1757 in New Jersey, died15 Feb 1836 in Ohio. There are problems with both tombstones.
Jacob's tombstone is located in the cemetery of the Dreisbach Church in Lewisburg, Union Co., PA. It is not the original. We do not know when, or by whom it was replaced. However...
1) There are no dates of birth or death on the stone
2) His surname is incorrectly spelled
3) Jacob's Revolutionary War service is incorrect
The people responsible for this tombstone conflated Northumberland County, PA and Northampton County, PA. They inscribed the Rev. War service for a "Jacob Dreisbach of Northampton County," the son of Simon Dreisbach Jr" instead of the Rev. War service for "Jacob Dreisbach of Northumberland County" son of Martin Dreisbach. Note - in 1813 Union County was carved out of Northumberland County, PA.
The tombstone of his wife has been broken for years. After Jacob died in 1804, Magdalena and their children went west to Ohio traveling with Jacob’s brothers. Her tombstone is in the Dreisbach Cemetery in Fairflied County, Ohio. A new stone needs to be erected while retaining the broken, original one.
A bit of history: David Kuwayama (his mother is a Dresback) discovered the erroneous inscription on the tombstone of his ancestor, Jacob Dreisbach, in the cemetery near Lewisburg, PA. He brought this to the attention of the DDFA with the suggestion that Jacob deserves a correct tombstone. A committee was formed of David Kuwayama, Sharon Driscoll, Rachel Meyer and Marcia Falconer to look into replacing Jacob's stone.
Sharon pointed out the tombstone of Jacob's wife is in dire shape and has long been broken in half. It is located in the Hallsville Cemetery in Ross County, Ohio.
Sharon suggested the DDFA replace them both. The members of the committee to get a new tombstone for Jacob, agree – both stones need to be replaced.
If Covid was not a problem, the DDFA could have set up enjoyable fundraisers to pay for the tombstones. Unfortunately - this can't happen. So....... We are making a DIRECT APPEAL for $3000 to cover the replacement and installation of both stones.
Can the DDFA raise $3000 for two badly needed tombstones?
Any donation will help!
Please send your checks made out to "Dreisbach Family" - and add a note it is for the Tombstone Project
Send checks to:
45144 Musslewhite Road
Callahan, Florida 32011
UPDATE - MAY 2022
Jacob's new tombstone is in place and paid for!
Magdalena's new tombstone is underway and should be in place by the time of our next DDFA Reunion in 2023.
There is still some money to be paid on this stone.
Any donations are appreciated.
The new, revised, easier to use, DDFA GENEALOGY DATABASE is here!
The previous database was a collection of entries in many places by many people and contained numerous errors. The new database has corrected many of these and work continues. With over 36,000 names this is clearly a monumental job.
The new database is user friendly! It is color coded according to the immigrant patriarch (Simon, Martin or Henry). It is fun to work with.
Please try it out. First click on DDFA databasefor helpful hints.
Then visit the database itself at:
Jost Dreisbach's wife was NOT Elizabeth Rachenberger!
This is a mistake that was made in the early 1900's and took on a life of its own. Users of Ancestry.com have continued to have Elizabeth Rachenberger as Jost's wife, but there is definitive proof that she was married to somebody else and was never married to Jost Dreisbach. Please make corrections to your database if this error has crept in. And read the DDFA Newsletter (link is below) which provides proof for this statement. Thanks!
Jost's 3 Elizabeths - who gave birth to Jost's 12 children?
This is an IMPORTANT newsletter because it establishes Elizabeth Dieter as Jost Dreisbach's wife. Jost was the oldest son of Simon Dreisbach Sr, a miller, an active patriot in the Revolutionary War, a Colonel in the Lehigh Township militia and a founder of the Reformed congregation of Zion Stone Church in Kreidersville, PA. Over the years, the surname of his wife was lost. In the early 1900's an incorrect name, Elizabeth Rachenberger, was added and unfortunately was printed in The Dreisbach Book, which is the main source for Dreisbach genealogy. This newsletter proves that Jost was married to the 'girl next door' Elizabeth Dieter! It also brings to light one more Elizabeth who played a role in Jost's life. The take home message of this newsletter is that Elizabeth Dieter was the wife of Jost Dreisbach.
The Life and Times of Martin Dreisbach (1717-1799)
A 100 page, color illustrated book about Martin Dreisbach's life is now available online from Lulu.com publishing. Martin is the ancestor of many North American Dresbachs and Dreisbachs. His sons migrated to Ohio in the early 1800's, which is where many of his descendants still reside. The book gives an insight into his life and the life of his wife, Anna Eva Hoffman. To order, click on the website below. (All books are sold 'at cost' - without profit).